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Was Franklin Delano Roosevelt the best president of all?

Asked by: JohnSmith1
  • Yes he was

    FDR was president during one of the most difficult times in American History. His great leadership gave faith to many Americans during WWII and the Great Depression. He modernized an out of date military and helped prepare the US for the inevitable war. Unemployment which had ballooned to 25% an unimaginably high number was lowered to 2% during one point in the war. No other president has done anything like that. His new deal programs created tens of millions of jobs and his ideas let to the United Nations. He also kept together a tenuous alliance of the US, Britain and Russia at many crucial points. Other accomplishments were large civil rights gains, raising of a minimum wage and Social Security. Plus he is way better than hoover & obama put together

  • FDR led the United States through the Great Depression and WWII, two of the worst tragedies of America.

    FDR was president during one of the most difficult times in American History. His great leadership gave faith to many Americans during WWII and the Great Depression. He modernized an out of date military and helped prepare the US for the inevitable war. Unemployment which had ballooned to 25% an unimaginably high number was lowered to 2% during one point in the war. No other president has done anything like that. His new deal programs created tens of millions of jobs and his ideas let to the United Nations. He also kept together a tenuous alliance of the US, Britain and Russia at many crucial points. Other accomplishments were large civil rights gains, raising of a minimum wage and Social Security.

  • No, he wasn't

    A lot of people credit him as the greatest president ever. I would beg to differ.

    First off, while SS is a great idea, it cannot work. It is nowadays causing many of our problems financially.

    Secondly, he imprisoned Japanese Americans during WWII, a gross violation of their civil rights.

    Third, he seized the gold of American citizens.

    Fourth, I believe he was one of the first Presidents to introduce deficit spending.

    There are other reasons I could include, but suffice it to say, he was no where near the best.

  • F.D.R. would have my vote for president. However, his policy was a radical one, born into law of luck and opportunity.

    F.D.R. Was a great president, by all means. He was not, however, the best president of all. As a matter of fact, F.D.R. Did enough to arguably make more enemies than he was worth. It is a fact, after all, that he put too much down to "save" the capital economy of the United States, when it was only feeling the side effects of everyone else catching up.

    What do I mean?

    In 1919, the end of World War I was met with the mass destruction of multiple industrial countries that were both war-ravaged and underpopulated after the final shots were fired. Germany, having been a Global power before, was now stuck with underpopulated work force and war reparations, unable to produce or manufacture goods at even a fraction of what they had once accomplished prior to the war. France, too, was crippled by the heavy fighting within her borders. Austria, another power, was economically decimated, leaving next to nothing for the people to work with. Russia was dealing with a massive civil war between Communistic rebels and the pro-Czar White Army. Even the Ottoman Empire was now on its last legs. Great Britain and the United States were now the two leading powers in the world, and with infrastructure largely untouched, they were able to out-produce and out-sell every other foreign power in existence.

    This is when the roaring twenties came into play. America enjoyed the luxury of having lost next to nothing in the war, and our new and literal monopoly on global trade made us a one-of-a-kind trader in the world. That is, we were pretty much the only trader for many goods, esp. The goods that England couldn't produce. The world relied upon us for many extra goods, as well as reconstruction.

    Our economy grew so rapidly that when other nations finally worked their way back up, we didn't have enough customers to hold up our domestic trade. That, and foreign banks who owed us money outright refused to pay us back. This led to a deadfall in stock prices. When the dust bowl hit, not only could we not afford anything, but our agriculture was struck down with God's wrath; and thus the Great Depression began. Our monopoly on the world had died.

    In short, the Great Depression was caused in part by underconsumption, over-investment, famine, and competition with foreign nations.

    It was F.D.R. Who put a stop to the expansionist factory system, by incorporating multiple policies that forced big business to rely on the federal government, and to put the working man ahead of his boss in exchange (which, arguably, led to inflation).

    Next up, we have F.D.R.'s performance as a war time president. While I could spend all night highlighting the good and the bad of what he did during the war. He did his job in that department.

    All in all, F.D.R. Was good. He was, by no means, the best.

  • NO He wasnt!

    I mean really! None of his policy's actually helped fix the great depression. It was WWII that did that! His policies that are still in place today are the same ones bankrupting us today. He made government to big and has made to many people entitled, entitled to something they did not earn.

  • Simple, he had a term advantage over other presidents.

    How many could of been better with three full terms?
    1.Reagan
    2.Lincoln
    3.Truman
    4.There are more but I don't know any more
    FDR also chose not to fight Soviet Russia and instead left Truman to begin the cold war. If they had listened to Winston Churchill we would of crushed Russia because we had nuclear weapons at that time but Russia did not. Communism would not be a threat. Then the US would be the only super power.


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GeekiTheGreat says2013-05-21T12:16:12.030
What country are you guys talking about?
JohnSmith1 says2013-05-21T22:41:26.350
USA, you don't know who Franklin Roosevelt is? Really?
GeekiTheGreat says2013-05-21T22:59:25.560
Lol sorry, im a dumbass. FDR during WWII. I thought he was in office too long.